In the discussion thread: Immigration Reform Effort To Begin In Senate Post-Inauguration [View all]
Response to pampango (Reply #21)
Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:29 PM
lalalu (1,663 posts)
27. Amnesty and a path to citizenship are not the same.
Pretending it is just semantics is false. Either democrats get in front of this issue and define it or they can sit back and let republicans do so. So often democrats sit back and play catch up with republicans because they are too worried about offending. The truth is that democrats have kicked this issue down the road just as much as republicans.
Border security is not a right or left issue. When amnesty was passed it was bipartisan with a guarantee of border security. Even labor went along because they felt the economy could absorb those who were here and securing the border would prevent this from happening again. It is not a coincidence that illegal immigration and hiring illegal labor increased after labor and civil rights laws had been passed and implemented. It is a corporate tool to drive down wages and rollback labor rights.
There are going to have to be two paths and democrats need to face that reality and start planning now. Children brought here and their parents will not get the same pathway. Now how it gets done and whether there is the will to actually get it done is the key factor. Time for congress to stop playing games and get it done.
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|Comrade Grumpy||Nov 2012||#29|
Amnesty and a path to citizenship are not the same.
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